Hong Kong Seeks To Ban Tiger Asia, Principals

May 7 2014 | 11:04am ET

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission today moved to bar two former Tiger Asia Management executives from trading in the city.

Tiger Asia founder Bill Hwang, former head trader Raymond Park and the firm itself should be forbidden from trading in Hong Kong for up to five years, the SFC told Hong Kong’s Market Misconduct Tribunal. Tiger Asia pleaded guilty in the U.S. to insider-trading of two Hong Kong-listed stocks, and last year lost its effort to keep the SFC from barring the firm and its principals.

Since the guilty plea, Tiger Asia has become a family office called Archegos Capital Management, which still employs both Hwang and Park. “The potential still exists for market misconduct,” SFC lawyer Simon Westbrook said.

Archegos laywer Peter Duncan argued that trading bans were designed to protect investors and not to punish misconduct. The so-called “cold shoulder order” would be “unduly harsh and oppressive,” he said.

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